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There's a change at the top of another Viacom cable network.
Following her 12-year run, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless is stepping down, the cable network announced Monday.
She will be replaced by her second-in-command, original programming president Kent Alterman.
Ganeless will depart at the end of May and will remain on board in an advisory role through September.
She will work throughout the transition with Alterman, who assumes the role immediately.
Additionally, David Bernath — executive vp programming and multiplatform strategy — has been promoted to Comedy Central GM, reporting to Alterman.
Most recently, Ganeless oversaw Comedy Central's late-night transition after Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert exited their respective series and, in the months since, the network has seen its ratings decline considerably.
Despite critical acclaim and pop cultural buzz for such series as that Ganeless' contract was up this year and she was looking to move on to new opportunities, though her exit follows several others -- including top execs at MTV and VH1 -- across the challenged Viacom portfolio.
“It has been a tremendous honor to lead the staggeringly talented team here for the past 12 years, and an absolute privilege to help build the cultural force that is Comedy Central today.
The deep connection I have to it and to so many of my colleagues, especially my dear friend and mentor Doug, made this decision incredibly difficult.
But after considerable thought, I have decided that the time is right to move on and challenge myself in new ways,” said Ganeless.